Women and Iyengar Yoga

What’s That Noise in Inversions? Air in Vagina in Inversions… There is something that happens to many women during Yoga inversions, it can be really embarrassing and it doesn’t get talked about nearly enough. It’s a noise of air, like suction or breaking wind, and it comes from the vagina. It usually happens when we...

Yoga Teachers Training At Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

The modules which are an integral part of the Yoga Teachers Training Course (TTC) at Himalayan Yoga Centre have an objective which have to be delivered and promulgated to the students seeking this training. Training and Practice of Asanas, Pranayama and Meditation Techniques At the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre the asanas and paranayama are not...

Supta Virasana

'Supta' translated into English from Sanskrit is “reclined or supine" and 'Virasana' translated means "hero's pose". Reclined hero's posture can be described as a passive backbend or a classic front-opening pose. Sitting comfortably between the heels allows the front of the ankles, shins and lower legs to feel a stretch. As you lie back, the...

Self-Practice: The Elimination of the Yoga Teacher

‘What is important is for you to find out these things for yourself, so that you are free and not second-hand human beings’ - J. Krishnamurti To truly progress on the path of Himalayan Iyengar Yoga, as prescribed by our Master Yoga Teacher Sharat Arora, you must pass from student in the yoga class to...

Why Do We Do 5-Day Courses At The Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre?

One of our main goals at the HIYC is to help our students to develop into lifelong practitioners of yoga. One of the chief ways we hope to achieve this is by ensuring that all new students commit to at least one 5-day course with our teachers and assistants here at the centres in...

Why We Don’t Practice Inversions During Menstruation?

Here at the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre we practise inversions… lots of inversions. Many of us are pretty addicted  to them and so missing out on shoulder stand, Halasana and of course - everybody’s favourite – hanging Sirshasana – for four to six days when you have your period can feel very inconvenient....

The Law of Cause and Effect

The law of cause and effect is a universal law, just like gravity. It stands for a definite as it brings a definite effect. In our yoga practice, we also understand this law with the Sanskrit word Hatha: the balance between "Ha" which is the action, and "Tha" the reflection of that action. The law...

Yoga Therapy for Women

According to the „Hatha Yoga Pradipika”, the female energy in yoga is represented as Ida the lunar pole opposite of the male energy Pingala. Ida represents the emotional, nurturing, intuitive wholistic and introverted aspects of humanity, it is these lunar energies which keep the world in a more harmonious state. It is said that...

Yoga and Mental Attitude

The content of our thoughts not only effect the way in which we relate to ourselves, however also those around us. In society, especially the west we spend far too much time, money and energy on looking after the physical body opposed to wellbeing of our mental health. A positive mental attitude and a...

Strength in Our Yoga Practice

Many people search for strength from their yoga practice but the pursuit of strength is one sided and cannot lead to a wholesome yoga practice. In fact it is not yoga at all. In Chinese philosophy yin and yang is a symbol that shows how two apparently opposite forces are in fact interconnected. The black...
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